Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014 Greg.Adams

Greg Adams

Grade 2-6 Principal 

(Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn

Looking ahead...District Redesign
We now know that all 4th grade students will be educated in Lime Springs beginning next fall. Now the conversation turns to the logistics of making this happen. 

The next steps will be determining the number of sections and supports for each grade level. The intent will be that the teaching and learning at Lime Springs will follow the same model with the same supports available to all other grade levels in the district. Staffing discussions continue. We also are working at determining the model that best serves our 6th grade students.

Monday, April 7
TuesdayApril 8
WednesdayApril 9: 3-hour early out. Teacher in-service with Kristin Ziemke. See Mrs. Sovereign's blog for more information.
Career Day for grades 5-8.
Thursday, April 10
FridayApril 11
April 7-May 2: Spring MAP Tests
April 24- NICC Family STEM Festival @ Calmar

Great performance! Lime Springs/Chester Elementary Spring Concert

Pinnacle Magazine and Food Sales
Students in grades 6-8 kicked off the magazine and food sales through Pinnacle Fundraising on March 20. The funds are used for field trips. Orders were due April 3. The trip is scheduled for April 23.

At the "W" in Waverly. Students must sell 10 items to attend the trip.

Career Day is April 9

Thank you to the Guidance Department for arranging Career Day for grades 5-8. The event features approximately 90 careers. Events like this help students explore and find interest areas for future careers. Be sure to ask your children which careers seemed interesting. 

Peer Teaching Observations 

Crestwood Elementary will begin a peer teaching model as part of our SINA Action Plan.

What is peer observation?
The process of peer observation involves faculty peers who review an instructor’s performance through classroom observation and examination of instructional materials including course design. Observations of classroom behavior are intended for reviewing the teaching process and its possible relationship to learning. The focus is on verbal and nonverbal behaviors of both the instructor and the students in the classroom. Peer observation can produce the following evidence:

  • Comments on the relationship between instructor acts and student behaviors 
  • Comparison with methods peers consider to be good 
  • Specific suggestions for instructors to improve teaching 
  • Dialogue with peer about teaching strategies and best practices
The process of observation and evaluation require a very high degree of professional ethics and objectivity. Effective peer observation requires training in observational and analytical skills. Less subjective peer observations require time for multiple reviews.

  • Peers are familiar with school goals, priorities, values, faculty problems 
  • Peer observation helps faculty upgrade their own profession 
  • Peer observers can be chosen from instructor’s content area 
  • Both the observer and the observed may learn some new teaching strategies and open a dialogue about teaching and learning

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